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Come alive this Easter!

Easter is about coming alive. The night before Jesus Christ was crucified He made a very strange statement that nobody understood. He said, “In just a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you’re going to see Me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive.” (John 14:19 The Message). What in the world did He mean? His disciples must have been thinking, “What are you talking about? We’re already alive.”

Jesus said something similar to a religious guy named Nicodemus.  Jesus told him, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s kingdom.”  Nicodemus said, “But if a person is already old, how can he be born again?” (John 3:3-4 NCV).

What does it mean to be “born again”? It means to be born spiritually. It means we need to come alive spiritually. When you were born, you came into this world spiritually dead.  You were alive physically, but dead spiritually. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, you came into this world separated from God. And Jesus says in order to get reconnected to God and be a part of His Kingdom, you need to have a spiritual birth.

Jesus uses a brilliant word here to explain this deep spiritual truth to us. It’s a Greek homonym. A homonym is a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. Examples of homonyms are stalk (which can mean either part of a plant or to follow someone around), bear (animal) and bear (carry), or saw (past tense of see) and saw (tool used for cutting).

The word translated “born again” is a homonym. It can mean both “born again” and “born from above.” And Jesus used it to explain to us that we need to be born a second time, but this time we need to be born from above, born spiritually. Our first birth is a physical birth, but our second birth is a spiritual birth. The first time we come alive physically, the second time we come alive spiritually.
Maybe you’re thinking, if this is true, “How can I be born again?  How can I come alive spiritually?” Jesus explained to Nicodemus, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT).
That’s the point of Easter. God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. No one will ever love you more than God does. Because He loves you and wants to have a relationship with you God gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for your sins. And if you believe in Jesus and trust Him to take away your sins you will live forever in heaven with God.
Do you know that you were made to last forever? One day your heart’s going to stop beating. That’ll be the end of your body, but it’s not going to be the end of you. God made you to last forever. God says I want you spending eternity with Me, not apart from Me. But here’s the bottom line. If you want to spend eternity with God in heaven, you’ve got to come alive spiritually while you’re here on earth by believing in His Son and building a relationship with Him.
So how do you live between now and when you die? You get to know God a little bit better. You let Him get to know you better. And you start living for Him.
1 Peter 1:3-4 (The Message) says, “What a God we have!  …Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven, and the future starts now!”
When you begin a relationship with Jesus Christ your past is forgiven, you’re given a brand new life right now, and you get a home in heaven in the future. What a deal!  Forgiveness for your past, a purpose for living, and a home in heaven. Nobody else can give you that.
Come alive this Easter. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and be the Leader of your life. If you do you will have everything to live for!

Pastor Barry Briggs
The Springs Free Methodist Church
135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

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